House Democrats on Monday revealed that they are planning to continue their search for impeachable evidence against President Trump – despite the president having already been acquitted.
The House Judiciary Committee is reportedly petitioning the Supreme Court to release the grand jury testimony from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
House counsel Douglas Letter, who wrote the court filing, said that lawmakers needed access to the sealed documents to gauge whether Trump should be impeached for obstruction of justice or some other crime.
Letter claimed that every day the court delays, “the Committee and the public continue to suffer grave and irreparable injury.”
“The Committee’s impeachment investigation related to obstruction of justice pertaining to the Russia investigation is ongoing. As the Committee has explained, it ‘has continued and will continue those investigations consistent with its own prior statements respecting their importance and purposes,’” Letter continued.
In 2019 Robert Mueller’s investigation determined that there were no signs of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Mueller however left the door cracked for the desperate Democrats, however, when he released his report in two parts: One for the collusion investigation and another for the obstruction of justice charge.
Despite the fact that at no point in his report does Mueller recommend prosecution, Democrats pounced on this as an opportunity to attempt to impeach Trump for obstruction.
Democrats also claimed that certain redactions in the report must have hidden relevant information — though they declined to read a less redacted version. They also demanded access to material that Mueller had shown a grand jury. Normally grand jury proceedings are secret, and so Attorney General William Barr, citing federal law, declined the Democrats’ request.
They then held him in contempt of Congress, and took their case for the materials to federal court.
The case made its way through the courts, and Democrats won at the D.C. Circuit. The Department of Justice appealed to the Supreme Court on May 7, and Chief Justice Roberts put a temporary hold on the grand jury materials on May 8.
It appears as if the Democrats realize their time is up and are reloading for one last tasteless attack on President Trump.
They may want to use this time instead to start running, as the pendulum is finally swinging back at them with U.S. attorney for Connecticut John Durham conducting a follow-up in investigation to the Mueller probe.
Durham’s probe looks to reveal the basis of the Russia investigation and expose abuses of power in the Department of Justice and Intelligence Community. Some abuses have already come to light, such as the FBI’s abuse of the FISA court system to obtain warrants to investigate the Trump campaign.
Other evidence suggests that the FBI abused its investigative powers to target former national security adviser Michael Flynn. In April, unsealed text message by Peter Strzok showed that FBI top officials interfered in the investigation into Flynn to keep it open, though agents investigating the retired lieutenant general were ready to close it.
Additionally, the Senate Judiciary Committee has set a vote for June 4 deciding whether to authorize subpoenas for documents and testimony from more than 50 current or former government officials, including James Comey and John Brennan, as part of the panel’s investigation into abuse of the surveillance process during Crossfire Hurricane – the codename for the FBI investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 election.